I’ve been ‘lifting’ since Dec focusing mainly on compound lifts to get my form right. I’ve recently switched to SS (having NOT read the book, tsk tsk) so the idea of lifting is not totally new to my body. I’ve been upping the weight on the SS lifts every week or so 5lbs at a time and am now at:
Squats - 165lbs
Deads - 225lbs
Bench (using DBs) - 55’s
Press - 85lbs
Rows - (doing rows + chins instead of cleans since I’m working out at home alone and am worried about my clean form) 115lbs
I try to foam roll often, I have tight hammys and IT band.
So it’s ok then, to up weight and if I’m feeling shitty to lower it the next workout day, and then go back to the weight etc… I’ll try to stop being a ‘wimp’ about it too! I’ve been taking fish oils (6 per day for 7-8 months) and trying to eat enough protein too, but I think I need to focus more on that.
Since the book just happened to be by my toilet last week…
Soreness is good, and really doesn’t mean anything except you’re using your muscles. Just know the difference between sore and hurt.
Also he goes into the “add 5lbs a week thing” a little deeper then just add 5lbs. He really just expects that from beginners. He also points out that if you can only add 2.5lbs that’s fine as long as you’re progressing and pushing your self.